County News

June 24, 2021

$10 Meal Challenge Poster!

Create a balanced, nutritious meal for family of four (4) that includes the recommended serving size of food from
each of the five good groups totaling $10 or less. See RULES

Free 4-H Take home kit
June 7, 2021


Come on out to either the Hudson Public Library or the park in La Porte City to participate in our in-person summer STEM programs for elementary age youth! Each program is about 45 minutes in length and is focused on science, engineering, technology, and math through hands-on, fun activities!

See More Info....

May 25, 2021

All on Saturday mornings:  9:00-10:45am - Shooting Sports    10:45 - 11:30am - ARCHERY

 • July - No Classes
•  August 7

For questions contact Diane Wolfe, 319-234-6811. Open to all 4-hers 4th grade and older. You can bring a Friend, but if they are not enrolled in 4-H, they must do so by going to: enter as a new family and for the club choose Shooting Sports. Read more...

May 20, 2021

(KWWL) -- Being a farmer means dealing with a continually unpredictable career field with challenges far beyond your control where it be severe weather, market prices, or international trade disputes.

Iowa Farm Family Wellness Alliance, a new first-in-the-nation service (created by Farm Foundation and Iowa State Extension), provides farmers and their families with support for their overall health from various experts.
"This is just a tool to help people feel better and therefore farm better," said Dr. John Lawrence, the Vice President of Extension and Outreach for Iowa State University.

May 13, 2021

4-Her's, Consider entering a Fashion Revue, $15 Challenge or Fashion Revue and get on the runway at the Iowa State Fair! Watch Video.
Deadline to have entries into is July 12th!
See our FAIRBOOK page 68 for more details!
See STATE FAIR info here.

Design: Exploring the Elements and Principles in Clothing Brochure

May 1, 2021

Welcome to the Dog Project page for 2021!

This is the spot to watch for upcoming Dog Obedience meetings, workshops, and information to help you build a positive relationship with your 4-legged best friend and prepare for the Black Hawk County Fair. Need some project ideas? You are in the right place!

See up-coming Dog Obedience Classes, starting in May, Click Here!

Please Sign Up for Classes Here!

April 28, 2021

4-H Girls holding baby chicks

Thank You to all who ordered chicks this year... we are off to a great start!

For questions please contact Diane Wolfe at or call 319-234-6811.
Last year 4-Her's donated 560 pound of fresh chicken meat to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank! We would like to increase this number this year! Read more....

April 25, 2021

Please read for important details: DEADLINE is JUNE 1st!

You must be YQCA Certified to SHOW your market animal at 
2021 Black Hawk County 4-H & FFA FAIR! YQCA is done yearly.

After you have completed your training email your CERTIFICATE to Diane at

If you are showing at the 2021 Iowa State Fair you must do YQCA. Cloverkids do not need to have YQCA.

• To take the Online YQCA Training log into www, by June 1st each year! Cost is $12, paid online.


April 21, 2021


Robotics Design Workshop (Ages 12 - 16)

Dates: August 9th-13th, Morning Session (10:00 - noon)or Afternoon Session (1:00 - 3:00)

Register Here!

Workshop Description:

April 20, 2021

ISU Extension and Outreach will offer QPR on Tuesday, May 4, and Tuesday, June 1, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursday, May 20, and Thursday, June 17 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Each program will last for one hour. Private classes for groups of 10-20 participants are also available upon request.

This program is offered to support clergy, leaders and lay members of any faith community. Clergy, congregation members, youth group leaders, volunteers and other concerned individuals can register at no cost for any of these programs. To register, go to Participants will receive a unique URL prior to the program to access the Zoom hosted program. For more information, or to schedule a private group class, contact Demi Johnson at demij@iastate.


April 14, 2021

Working in a garden

Feed your club, community, country, and world with monthly, hands-on, and research-based activities and learning opportunities focused on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and abilities.

By working together across the state to grow gardens, we can not only provide food for our loved ones, but we can donate our harvest to food pantries while engaging in the gardening experience. We are working across Extension to share information and learning opportunities for all of Iowa, and Gardening to Give is the youth-focused program for this opportunity.

The Gardening to Give program will run from March 15th-October 30th, 2021. Registation is open!  Registration gives you gardening and growing research-based monthly activities and learning information. You do not have to be a 4-H member, but if you would like more info about the nation's largest youth development organization please call 319-234-6811 or email Diane at  

Register here for Gardening to GIVE!

April 9, 2021

2 volunteers filling Extension boxes
Thank You to our Volunteers who help pack our Extension Week Boxes!
Waterloo, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week is April 12-17. Iowa’s 100 county extension offices will host activities throughout the week to thank Iowans for their support of extension efforts throughout the state.
“The challenges of the past year changed how ISU Extension and Outreach serves Iowans, but not why: We want a strong Iowa. We are here for you now and always,” said Shelly Smith, Executive Director.
“This celebration is one way we say thank you to the many volunteers, community leaders, organizations, agencies, and other partners who support our work in Black Hawk County,” Smith said.
Local small businesses will receive an awareness box of tools and information to support revitalizing our local economy.
Gardening seeds are available to the public and community donation gardens to sustain local foods.
Workshops on wellbeing, tools for caregivers, money smarts, preserving foods, pesticide application, youth mental health, planning for retirement, car care 101 for teenagers, and gardening are scheduled to strengthen our community.
“ISU Extension and Outreach engages Iowans in solving today’s problems and planning for tomorrow. We will continue finding new ways to deliver research-based education and information to Iowans,” Smith said.
ISU Extension and Outreach is part of the federal Cooperative Extension Service — a network of more than 100 land-grant institutions, including Iowa State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture serving communities and counties across the United States. Every county in Iowa has an elected extension council that decides how to support ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs at the county level.
For more information about ISU Extension and Outreach, visit or contact the ISU Extension and Outreach Black Hawk County office. 

March 25, 2021

Cartoon carrot in the garden


Kick It with Carrots! Our statewide campaign and associated materials highlight CARROTS as the most chill vegetable of the summer! With this collective focus on this familiar, readily available local veggie, we hope to increase participation of children at summer meal sites AND support local producers.
March 23, 2021

4-Hers in Swine ring at fair

Purebred Market Swine Class

Must be weighed in and tagged at home on April 3rd.

a. Maximum 2 entries per exhibitor.  

b. Barrows/Gilts must be born January 1, 2021 or after. 

c. Barrows/Gilts must be identified by May 15 on 4-H online.   

e. Purebred barrows/gilts will be divided by breed and weight. Registration papers must be furnished at fair weigh-in. Animals must be registered in exhibitors name.

f. There must be 3 purebred barrows/gilts of one breed to have a breed specific class. If there are not at least 3 of a specific breed, purebred barrows/gilts will be shown in an AOB (all other breeds) class. 


Enter into by July 19th.

Division: Market Pigs

Class: 26202: Purebred Market Barrow/Gilt


Questions please contact Diane, 319-234-6811,

March 18, 2021

Iowa Master Conservationist Program to begin in Black Hawk County Black Hawk– Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer the Iowa Master Conservationist Program in April. The program teaches about Iowa’s natural ecosystems and the diversity of conservation challenges and opportunities that exist in the region. Graduates of the course learn to make informed choices for leading and educating others to improve conservation in Iowa.

Offerings of the program are organized and coordinated by county extension offices throughout the state at the discretion of individual offices and partners. To learn more or to get registered, reach out to Extension professional Steven Eilers at (319) 234-6811 or  Cost: $110.  Read more...

March 16, 2021

Food Master logo

Food Master is a series of 6 kits you can pick up at the Waterloo Public Library once a month, starting in April. Each kit is created for a family and will include materials for kids in grades 1-6 to complete the activities. This is a FREE monthly FAMILY TAKE-HOME KIT from the Waterloo Public Library that runs from April through September.  Registration is required to participate. Use the QR CODE or Click Here!
Read more....

March 16, 2021


Iowa State Extension and Outreach Black Hawk County will once again offer free garden seeds. These seeds were generously donated from various garden centers in fall of 2020 to offer them to community, school, donation, and church gardens that grow food to be donated to others.

You are getting first pick. A larger, public seed giveaway will happen in April.

Mark your calendars to pick up seeds for the qualifying garden you manage on March 29, Tuesday March 30, and Wednesday, March 31 from 9am to 3pm each day. The giveaway will be in the ISU Room across the hall from our office at 3420 University Avenue. Use Door 3.

For more information, contact Steven Eilers, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Black Hawk County Urban Agriculture Specialist at 319-234-6811 or at

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